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Erasmus Plus and support to NGOs. The example of “UpGrade_Me” part.1

Erasmus+ is the European union funding body that supports non governmental organisations for their projects related to education, be it formal or non formal. It provides financial and technical assistance. African Media Association Malta taped into that offer and applied for funds in order to create the project called UpGrade_Me.

UpGrade_Me is a project which proposes a training course for youth migrants, NEETs (Not in Education, Employment and Training) and vulnerable groups. The aim is to develop contents that will enhance migrant youth employability by their capacity building. The target group is youth workers who will receive an innovative tool which is an added value to the materials that they already possess in their work with vulnerable groups.

The motto of the project is self branding through a Video CV using your mobile phone, it is a project that want to empower youth migrants by teaching them how to harness the power of their mobile phone by using the free and useful apps available on Play Store or App Store. The overall aim the project is to give the vulnerable people who don’t possess a computer the capacity to apply themselves for jobs online.

During this training, youth workers will provide 15 hours of class in 5 sessions of 3 hours each.

They will train in :

  • Creating an email address and a Google account

  • Creating a CV and a cover letter

  • Creating a Video CV using a mobile video editor (KineMaster) and uploading it on their YouTube channel

It’s important for them to know how to use social media as a tool for marketing oneself, finding job opportunities and gaining soft skills which boost employability and therefore improve social inclusion within host communities.

The training course can be divided in 4 principal parts:

  • Soft skills and transversal

  • Presenting yourself

  • Smart phones usages

  • Simulation

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